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Comment Re: brilliant and dangerous? (Score 2, Interesting) 1134

Try hiring ANY decent coder that works with my former boss's highly impossible deadlines.

I'm with previous parents. A good fire extinguisher (Asperger's) is handy to have. Deadline gets met, even though the end-result (support and maintenance) sucks.

Most start-ups are in it for a quick and lucrative exit strategy (post IPO-sale).


Submission + - Giving up personal copyrights to a business

E writes: Prior to my current job I have created many different programs and applications which I retain full copyrights to (250k+ loc). Some were created for companies others as hobbies and currently, many of them sit rather idle. I have been offered a partnership in a small company with big potential, where I am the only tech person. In all the leagalities of the process, there is a copyright clause that basically says the company owns anything and everything tech related I do inside and outside of work. This is a fairly standard clause, however I am stuck on what to do.

I will be consulting a lawyer, but wanted some feedback first on what others may have done. I have been told already that the partnership won't buy it from me for what the software is worth, and if my copyrights don't ever make money, the partners won't care about it. Knowing legally, if I do any development in the future, it belongs to the partnership. Should I:
(1) Let the company take my copyrights and hope the partnership pays off.
(2) Sell the rights to someone else and "cash out" on what I currently have.
(3) Pretend the clause isn't in there and continue dev as a hobby/side business.
(4) Release it under an OSS license, and hope someone will continue dev work (since legally I can't), knowing it will most likely become stagnant or abandoned.
(5) Focus on the partnership and archive my software (If I don't do anything with them in the future, the partnership has no claims to them).
(6) Hold out until the clause is changed.
(7) Any other options or advice?

Has anyone else been in a similar situation, and what have you done?
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Microsoft starts banning modified 360 consoles.

Tiger Nachos writes: Microsoft has started to ban XBOX 360 consoles with modified drive firmware. Posts on the official site confirm the bans. It appears that there are some glitches, as some users with modified firmware claim not to be banned, and other users with unmodified systems also claim to be banned. Like the original wave of bans on the original XBOX console, Microsoft only appears to be banning the modified system, and not the user account. Moving the user account to an unmodified system allows users to continue playing online over the Xbox LIVE service. 545414.aspx and jENKDCMV.php discuss the ban.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - New Bill S.1348 contains SKIL bill H-1B expansion.

Anomalous Cowheart writes: "The new senate bill to expand and monitor immigration is now on-line : Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007. The fine print in Subtitle B — SKIL Act of 2007 (I'd link but it keeps changing) contains H-1B expansion upping the quota to 115,000 with twenty percent annual growth. Personally I get scared when George Bush and Ted Kennedy agree on something. There's a lot of voices of these issues: for some not opening H-1B up to all professional fiels and 20% growth on an already soft "cap" is a deal breaker. Others say there should be more non-immigrant workers. What say you?"

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